“Mythologies of the Discarded” opens on Saturday 28th October at Peacock Gallery, Auburn. All welcome.

The exhibition presents the work of international and local artists Maria Grazia Tata, Jody Graham, Sepideh Farzam, Jan Cleveringa and Bahman Kermany whose installations are deeply rooted in mythology, our relationship with nature, sustainability and transformation.

Curated by Nazanin Marashian.

Exhibition Launch and Artist Talks – Saturday 28 October 2017, 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Peacock Gallery.


Auburn Botanic Gardens
Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-4pm
(Appointments for tour groups can be organised outside these hours)

To view flyer and more information about workshops connected to this exhibition click link below.



Jody Graham  – Drawn from the Discarded – installation of drawing tool – 2016/17







Expressive Mark-Making with Jody Graham
Saturday, 5 and 12 August 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Join award-winning artist Jody Graham as she guides you through two days of creating and using your own mark-making tools.

Day 1 | Saturday, 5 August 2017
Mark-making at Nurragingy Reserve*
Meet at Nurragingy Reserve in the morning to find materials. Head to Blacktown Arts Centre in the afternoon to start making your tools.
*Participants must organise their own transport to and from Nurragingy Reserve.

Day 2 | Saturday, 12 August 2017
Life drawing with non-conventional drawing tools
Extend your ideas about what you can draw with, and discover alternative ways to understand and draw the human figure.

$45 for 2 workshops
This is a 2-day workshop. Single workshop bookings are not available. Price includes GST and booking fee. All materials and afternoon tea are provided. Please bring your own lunch.

For bookings click here  










Workshops & Classes for 2016

4 x Still life Workshops – Starting Thursday 5.30pm – 7.30pm – 17th November 2016 – Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

For more details…

Blacktown Arts Centre

Is Your Work Exhibition Ready?
Skills Development for Visual Artists
Blacktown Arts Centre presents a skills development program led by talented creatives.

The program includes three skills-based workshops and a discussion that will answer all your questions about the Blacktown City Art Prize. You will have the opportunity to learn from four experienced and respected visual artists and sharpen your ability to produce exhibition-ready paintings and drawings.

with Blacktown Arts Centre Curator
Paul Howard
Thursday 21 July 2016 | 7pm – 8.30pm

Drawing Skills & Presentation
with Jody Graham
Saturday 23 July 2016 | 10am – 4pm

Painting Skills & Presentation
with Josh Honeyman
Friday 29 July 2016 | 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 30 July 2016 | 10am – 4pm
$75* (both sessions)

Best Possible Light:
How to Photograph Your Artwork
with Jennifer Leahy
Saturday 6 August 2016 | 10am – 2pm

This is a pilot program designed to encourage and increase participation by local artists in the Blacktown City Art Prize, and other awards and exhibitions.

*A number of subsidised places are available for artists who live in Blacktown City.
Contact Tia McIntyre for more information:
(02) 9839 6385
This workshop program has been developed in response to feedback received from entrants of the 2015 Blacktown City Art Prize.

Term 3 – 25 July – 12 September 2016

Monday 6.30pm – 9pm – Drawing / Fundamentals of Drawing
July 2016

Blacktown Arts Centre

Saturday 23rd July 2016 10am – 4pm

Drawing Skills and Presentation Techniques for Artists workshops

August 2016

Little Rivers Studio

1 day Loosening up Drawing Workshop

Sunday 7th August 2016

Contact – Jeanette Starr
Bracken Stud. 226 Grose River Road, Grose Wold
Mob: 0414 76 1308

September 2016

Grampian Brushes– 10 – 15th September – 2016

Victoria – Grampians National Park M: 0428 825 971

* 2 day Life Drawing Workshop

* 4 day Intensive Drawing Workshop

November/ December 2016

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Still Life in Mixed Media

4 week evening course

Thursday 24th November – 15th December 2016

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Royal Art Society

25 – 27 Walker St, North Sydney

(02) 99555752

Tuesday 10am – 1pm

Life Drawing – working with a variety of models and poses



A big thanks for your guidance over the past couple of terms while I undertook ‘Life Drawing’ in 2015. The wide range of media used were accessible to everyone along with your thought provoking ideas to encourage students, like myself, to think outside the box. What I would have dismissed before the course I now look at through open eyes. You certainly are inclusive of all students in the class and I enjoyed the ‘down to earth’ approach to art in general.
I really look forward to doing another course with you.
Thanks once again.
Margaret Briggs”

Workshop Reviews

Thanks for last lesson, I had a great time with the excellent model. I really needed the break to do something that is “Me” after a very exhausting month. Thanks for all the encouragement regarding my drawings 🙂 I am very impressed with how attuned you are to all your students and your great investment intellectually, emotionally and creatively in the class, it’s very inspiring. It’s really nice to be in a supportive and caring artistic environment with relatively low pressure, without the stress of the art world or  the pressures of academia… To just get immersed in the process and enjoy the time. It really filled “my batteries” last weekend.

Na’ama Atzmon-Simon – Art teacher

I loved the pace of the day,……… not a minute to waste.
Your inspirational work together with your effective communication skills made for a very positive experience.
Many thanks once again.

Di Nickel – Member of 101 Oatley and St George Art Society